Ireland’s Six Nations decider against France in Paris was the most watched sports event on Irish television this year. Photograph: Inpho.

The power of international sport to draw big television audiences has again been demonstrated this year. The GAA’s All-Ireland finals have come in i(...)

Argentina surprised Les Bleus, who headed into tonight’s game having beaten Australia last weekend, winning 18-13 at the Stade de France

France 13 Argentina 18Argentina confirmed they are a bete noir for France when they play in Paris by kicking four drop goals, including three by flyha(...)

Chris Robshaw captained England when they beat New Zealand 38-21 in 2012. Photograph: Getty.

Chris Robshaw will send England into battle against New Zealand with the warning there is “no hiding place” if they are to overcome the world champion(...)

Steffon Armitage: last season named European player of the year after helping Toulon win the Heineken Cup and French league title. Photograph: Gaizka Iroz/AFP/Getty Images

England flanker Steffon Armitage is on a 10-man list of foreign players who could potentially be picked to play international rugby for France, accord(...)

Ireland captain Fiona Coghlan with  Paula Fitzpatrick after yesterday’s 25-18 loss to France in Paris. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho.

Remember the Pau story from 2012? A reminder might be needed because not too many people were keeping tabs on the Ireland women’s rugby team way back(...)

Ireland head coach Philip Doyle after the World Cup semi-final defeat to England. “there is a huge chance to push on and really put women’s rugby in Ireland on a new standing.” Photograph: Inpho

France v Ireland Stade Jean Bouin, Sunday, 3.30pm - Live TG4 and Sky Sports No matter what, here ends the greatest era in Irish women’s rugby. (...)

Mats Hummels (right) of Germany celebrates with Thomas Müller (centre) and Benedikt Höwedes (left) after scoring the winner against France in the Fifa World Cup quarter-final   at Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Marcus Brandt / EPA

Germany 1 France 0 “Adieu les Bleus” sang some slightly giddy German fans before this first World Cup quarter-final and though some nearby Fren(...)

Germany’s forward Thomas Müller tired of the criticism. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

Thomas Müller believes criticism of Germany’s performance against Algeria is exaggerated. The Bayern Munich forward says the main thing is they ma(...)

Mathieu Valbuena (left) celebrates with Olivier Giroud during the last-16 match against Nigeria at Estadio Nacional in Brasilia. Photograph: Jeff Gross/Getty Images

It says something about the state they were in that a major footballing power like France can be regarded by so many as a surprise package at this Wor(...)

Colm Cooper: Dreams of playing for Costa Rica. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Day 19. (“Does it ever actually end?” Hush now). And who should turn up on the RTÉ couch only Colm ‘Gooch’ Cooper, who, he told us, chose Gaelic fo(...)